Egyptian Mottled Hardstone Scarab with Ankh Sign

$379.72

A mottled hardstone Egyptian scarab with an incised hieroglyph to the reverse. The obverse features a moulded clypeus and head, with the detailing worn due to age. Carved on the reverse is a crude ankh sign enclosed by an incised line along the edge. The scarab is pierced longitudinally for suspension.

Date: 1550-1070 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period
Provenance: Acquired 1980s-1990s. Private collection of H.N., Milton Keynes, Berkshire, UK.
Condition: Fine condition. Hieroglyph and anatomical features partly worn due to age. Hairline crack to the obverse. Minor chip to the reverse.

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SKU: CY-108 Category: Tag:

The scarab was one of the most popular ancient Egyptian amulets. They were used as pieces of jewellery, commemorative items and seals, and magical amulets offering protection and good fortune. Becoming popular in the Middle Kingdom, amulets in the shape of scarab beetles were thought to represent the sun god, Ra. The Ancient Egyptians believed that the scarab beetle rolling its ball of dung across the dessert mirrored the journey of the sun across the sky from day to night. As the beetle laid its eggs within the dung, it became a symbol of rebirth and regeneration.

The ankh is one of the most recognisable Egyptian symbols, representing life. Depicted as a cross with a large loop, it was often held by various gods and goddesses on iconography.

To find out more about Ancient Egyptian amulets please see our relevant blog post: Egyptian Amulets and their Meanings.

Weight 3.81 g
Dimensions L 2.0 x W 1.4 x H 1.0 cm
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